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Getting Serious about LA’s Sidewalk Repairs: A Five-Point ‘Let’s-Get-On-with-It’ Plan

Ken Alpern
FIXING LA-Last Tuesday night's City Council Board of Public Works and Budget Committees met and allowed a lot of good public input to a series of concerned and available Councilmembers and City officials. The attendance and input were both outstanding--I want to thank Councilmember Mike Bonin, in particular, for allowing the outreach and advice to…

Latino Politicians Putting Climate Change Ahead of Constituents

Joel Kotkin
POLITICS-Racial and economic inequality may be key issues facing America today, but the steps often pushed by progressives, including minority politicians, seem more likely to exacerbate these divisions than repair them. In a broad arc of policies affecting everything from housing to employment, the agenda being adopted serves to stunt upward…

Worlds Apart on Kathryn Steinle: When Political Opportunism Reigns Supreme

John Mirisch
MUSING WITH MIRISCH-The small Swedish Jewish Museum in Stockholm is tucked away on a side street. Discreet signage instructs would-be visitors to push a button which activates a camera, so they can be screened before they are granted entry. The museum's permanent exhibition fills one fairly small room. Most of the objects on display are Jewish…

Garcetti Passes, Wesson Fails

Jack Humphreville
LA WATCHDOG-Our Los Angeles Times has issued midterm letter grades for Controller Ron Galperin (B-) and City Attorney Mike Feuer (B+) and will be posting grades for City Council President Herb Wesson this Sunday and Mayor Eric Garcetti the following Sunday. Our City is facing many difficult issues, ranging from a lagging economy, relatively high…

What LA Really Needs: A Part-time City Council and a Part-time Mayor!

Dennis Zine
JUST THE FACTS-There are so many serious and pressing problems facing the City of Los Angeles and few if any real solutions are being proposed or implemented by our elected and appointed leaders at City Hall. I will start with the current city budget. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had a $7.7 billion total budget in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.…

Why Don’t the City’s Women Managers Hire More Women?

Denyse Selesnick
MY TURN-Perusing the web is a little like the soap operas of yesteryear. You get suckered in! One link leads to another link and then one is exposed to a barrage both facts and idiocy. The reason for this discussion was my attending a July Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils (VANC) meeting with the Department of Water and Power. General…

Cleaning Up LA City Hall: ‘It’s What’s Legal That’s the Problem’

Bob Gelfand
GELFAND’S WORLD-Everyone understands that developers own our city government. Sure, there are some officials here and there who are upright and independent, but recent history shows that the developers typically get their way in spite of public opposition. Whether it is a zoning change for an office tower or the required permits for a new mall,…

Not So Fast LA! Let’s Consider the Real Costs of Hosting the Olympics before We Jump In

Greg Nelson
SPORTS POLITICS-On Monday, Boston withdrew from its offer to be the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. In January, Los Angeles finished second to Boston when the U.S. Olympic Committee made its decision. After Boston was selected to polish up its bid before submitting it to the International Olympic Committee for a final decision,…

Party Crashing for Political Access: Schwarzenegger and My Pantsuit

Charlotte Laws
CALIFORNIA ACCESS POLITICS-Party crashing—or gate-crashing, as it is sometimes called—is an art form that I stumbled upon as a teen. I taught myself how to finagle into any event, anywhere, anytime. It required being part private eye, part actress and part chutzpah machine. I had to think outside of the box, throw myself into the role, and whip my…

 

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AMNESTY for Red Light Photo Tickets

GUEST WORDS - I join in praising for the Los Angeles City Council for "doing the right thing" in terminating the clearly unfair automated Red Light Photo Program, effective on July 31, 2011.

However, justice will only be served if the City declares an immediate amnesty for all Angelenos left in limbo with pending photo red light tickets . . . No one really understands the legal status of these pending photo tickets, a virtual no man's land.

An amnesty will relieve the uncertainty and anxiety of all Angelenos, who do not know what the consequences might be if they do not pay “pending” photo tickets.  Even though payments have now been characterized by the City as "voluntary,” it is not at all clear what this means.


The City Council has an obligation to protect the public and thus finish the job of shutting down any further implementation of this program.  There are simply too many unknowns, including a potential $476.00 in fines. The unknowns are causing financial and emotional harm to the constituents that Council members were elected to serve and protect.

By enacting an amnesty for all issued photo red light tickets, including those pending in the courts prior to conviction and those ignored in the past, as well as tickets issued between the time of the Council vote and July 31, the City Council will have properly served its constituents.  As an integral part of the amnesty, the City should stop GC Services, Los Angeles County’s traffic ticket collection agency, from any further photo ticket collection activities on behalf the City.

In addition, it is important to note that the City is clearly aware of a simple remedy to promote safety at red light intersections.  By increasing the time interval of the yellow lights for an additional one second and by delaying the green light for cross-traffic for an additional one second, a significant reduction in accidents and traffic conflicts will result.  

The City's Department of Transportation traffic engineers have the experience to do this, if the political will exists to make these easy changes for the safety of the motoring public.

Note: Councilman Paul Koretz offered a motion on June 21 asking the Department of Transportation to determine appropriate changes in yellow and red light camera times to improve safety. Council File Number: 11-1015.

(Sherman M. Ellison is a California trial attorney whose practice is almost exclusively traffic ticket defense. Ellison testified before the Los Angeles City Council on the controversial Photo Red Light Program in April, 2011 and is a regular contributor to numerous radio, television and print media outlets. He is widely considered the pre-eminent legal authority on traffic ticket defense in California. He can be reached at: www.ShermanEllison.com )   Photo credit: LA Times          -cw

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CityWatch
Vol 9 Issue 61
Pub: Aug 2, 2011

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